Tag Archive | Church and State

God in America: Part 6 – Of God and Caesar

God in America, a 6-part series made by PBS-Frontline is well worth watching. If you’ve not watched it you can find all 6 segments at PBS Last evening I finished part 6 (on my Netflix) and wanted to share it with you. So make your self a cup of coffee or grab a soft drink […]

Kentucky: A Year in Jail for Not Believing in God?

This guy has hit upon the answer for insuring the myth that America is a “Christian” Nation continues; acknowledge God or go to jail. Seems I recall something similar…Oh yeah, the Roman Crusades when it was ‘convert or die’.    In Kentucky, a homeland security law requires the state’s citizens to acknowledge the security provided […]

Texas Church Sign: New, but not so improved

My, My. Guess this is the 2012 version of The Old Church sign which use to announce this coming Sunday’s sermon title or something else as benign as;  “All Are Welcome! – Come On In and Sit a Spell”    LEAKEY, Texas — A controversy regarding a political sign prominently displayed outside a church is […]

Harry Jackson: “The Church Must Tell Us Who To Vote For”

Really?

Survey: Pastors reject pulpit endorsements

NASHVILLE (BP) — Nearly 90 percent of pastors believe they should not endorse candidates for public office from the pulpit, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The survey, released Oct. 1, also revealed that 44 percent of pastors personally endorsed candidates, but did so outside of their church role. The survey of 1,000 Protestant […]

Democrats Put ‘God’ Back in Platform

Christian Post Personally, I don’t believe God cares about being included in ANY American political platform. If truth be told, He’d probably rather be left out of fallen man’s politics all-together.

Christian Dominionists Go Gingrich

This is interesting;  Four days after Newt Gingrich scrambled the Republican primary race with his surprise South Carolina win, a man named Dutch Sheets came forward to endorse the former House speaker, saying he was the only candidate with the “heart, experience, backbone, Constitutional brilliance and intellectual strength to defeat Obama and lead America back […]

Church and State: or what makes Rick Santorum sick

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the notion of religion not playing role in politics “makes me want to throw up.” “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up. What kind of country do we live in where only people of non-faith […]

Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington, D.C.

The Pew Research Center has posted an interesting report. The report can be viewed  HERE The number of organizations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related advocacy in Washington, D.C., has increased roughly fivefold in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. These groups collectively employ at least […]

Identity Crisis: More Pastors Sign on to Preach Politics From Pulpit

(Earlier post: Evangelical Pastors heed political call for 2012) This Sunday, more than 400 pastors will be using their pulpits to preach politics and challenge the Internal Revenue Service’s regulations that restrict religious leaders from endorsing candidates and discussing policies with their congregations. Oct. 2 is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, and this year Alliance Defense Fund and […]

Why I don’t sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Came upon this commentary while browsing recent news stories this morning. quote… By Mark Schloneger, CNN (Mark Schloneger is pastor of Springdale Mennonite Church in Waynesboro, Virginia)  I choose to belong to a strange tribe. Goshen College, my alma mater, made national news this month when its board of directors decided that the “Star Spangled […]

1960 – 2011: From John F. Kennedy to Politicians Today

In the midst of a hotly contested presidential election a little more than half a century ago, John Kennedy went to Houston to give the most important speech of his campaign. No Catholic ever had been elected to the White House, and the young Massachusetts senator chose a Protestant audience deep in the Bible belt […]

Eddie Long: Dominion Theology (plus…)

You could say this is a two-part post. As both concern Eddie Long combining them seemed like the way to go… Kurt Michaelson (KurtMichaelson.org) sent along the link to this interesting video: Spencer LeGrande, one of the four who have accused pastor Eddie Long of sexual misconduct, speaks out This young man appears very sincere, […]

‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’: Across the U.S. Pastors Say They Will Defy Law and Talk Politics

Nearly 100 pastors across the country planned to take part in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an in-your-face challenge Sunday to what the government says can and cannot be said in church. The growing trend is a challenge to the IRS from the churches, and may jeopardize their all-important tax-exempt status. But some pastors and church leaders said […]

Is there such a thing as a “Christian city”?

Good teaching!

Politics and Religion in America

Interesting quotes from some interesting voices on the topic of Politics and Religion in America. “The Christian people of America will not sit idly by…. They are going to vote as a bloc for the man with the strongest moral and spiritual platform, regardless of his views on other matters. I believe we can hold […]

National religious leaders issue statement on religion in public life

Interesting press release from Wake Forest University Divinity School’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs, January 12, 2010 As the role of religion in public life continues to spark intense political debate and high-profile court cases, a group of diverse  leaders from religious and secular organizations has issued the most comprehensive joint statement of current […]

Just musing..

This clip was an interesting exchange which took place on the Chris Matthews program yesterday between Matthews and a Catholic bishop. The interview’s original intent was to talk about Rep. Patrick Kennedy being denied communion because of his support of abortion rights, but the discussion actually ended up being more about Church and State–moral law […]

Gay Marriage Supporters Threaten to Strip Churches of Tax Exemption

This article at the Christian Post brings up an interesting subject. The article itself, More than 75,000 Americans have joined an online movement seeking the revocation of tax-exempt status from churches that were involved in the repeal of Maine’s gay marriage law. is beside the point, for what this group of 75,000 is seeking to […]

Cutting off your nose to spite your face

The free online dictionary gives a good definition: “to do something because you are angry, even if it will cause trouble for you: to hurt yourself in an effort to punish someone else: Prov. to hurt yourself in an attempt to hurt someone else; Often in the form, Don’t cut off your nose to spite […]

From a watchman..

There was a time in this world when Christianity first started and spread, where the spiritual lines of demarcation were clearly drawn. Demarcation means boundaries or separation. The ruling empire (Imperial Rome) demanded that a person worship a pantheon of pagan gods and if you didn’t worship or give the normal homage afforded to that […]

First time ever, public schools required to teach Bible classes

If my children were still in school, I’d be totally against this. And this is why: When they were in school, sex education, like this new law below, first became mandatory and I fought it all the way. I did not want someone else teaching my children about sex. I also would not want someone […]

Separation of Church and State: Poll

The annual National Prayer Breakfast was held this morning. Reading through the speeches, prayers, and proclomations which came out of this meeting, one item got my attention: President Barack Obama said Thursday he will establish a White House office of faith-based initiatives that will show no favoritism to any religious group and adhere to the […]

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